Matthews: PFC David Austin Kirkpatrick, beloved son of Kenny and Rhonda (Staines) Kirkpatrick, was killed during active duty in Iraq while serving as a light vehicle mechanic with the U.S. Army 5-7th Cavalry 3rd Infantry Division based out of Ft. Stewart, Ga. on Friday as a result of injuries suffered while manning the machine gun of a Humvee that was a target of an improvised explosive device. He was born in Muncie and was a 2006 graduate of Eastbrook High School. He also attended Tucker Career Technology Center taking classes in automotive. PFC Kirkpatrick lived out his life long goal of serving his country in the Army. As a student his favorite classroom was outside, the woods, exploring, and enjoying the adventure of discovery. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was affectionately called "Petey Jon" during his younger years. Surviving in addition to his parents are four sisters, Carrie, Greenwood, Jennie, Anderson, Nettie (Jason) Greulich, Indianapolis, Emily, at home; maternal grandparents, Austin (Norma) Staines, Anderson; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Louie and Mary Scott, and Walter (Dorothy) Kirkpatrick; maternal grandmother, Betty Staines; and maternal great grandmother, Margaret Curts. Memorials may be made to Eastbrook Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 272 Upland, IN 46989, or Matthews Cemetery Association, PO Box 168, Matthews, IN 46957. In Loving Memory of Pfc David Austin Kirkpatrick February 1, 1987 - April 27, 2007 Service 10:00 a.m Tuesday May 8, 2007 Rediger Chapel, Taylor University 236 W. Reade Ave. Upland, Indiana Officiating Dr. Tom Mansbarger Rev. Joe Ruberg Bishop Dennis Crook Interment Matthews Cemetery Matthews, Indiana Arrangements by Jones-Smith Funeral Home Upland, Indiana
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